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From Spacetime to Space and Time: A Reply to Markosian

LE BIHAN, Baptiste (2019) From Spacetime to Space and Time: A Reply to Markosian. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In a recent article, Ned Markosian gives an argument against four-dimensionalism understood as the view that time is one of four identical dimensions that constitute a single four-dimensional manifold. In this paper, I show that Markosian attacks a straw man as his argument targets a theory known to be false on empirical grounds. Four-dimensionalism rightly conceived in no way entails that time is identical to space. I then address two objections raised by Markosian against four-dimensionalism rightly conceived.


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LE BIHAN, Baptistebaptiste.lebihan@univ-rennes1.fr0000-0002-1245-1373
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Analysis
Keywords: spacetime, space, time, quantum gravity, four-dimensionalism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dr. Baptiste Le Bihan
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 07:41
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 07:41
Item ID: 16693
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16693

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